Country/territory: Estonia

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2, C6 (2003)
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Area: 39,909 ha

Eesti Ornitiliigiaühing (EOÜ)

Site description
A large complex of raised bogs and extensive forests (including wet alluvial forests) in central Estonia, with fens, transition mires, and unregulated rivers with flood-plain and wooded meadows. The main land-uses are forestry, tourism, small-scale agriculture and berry-picking.

Key biodiversity
The mires and forests are important for several breeding species and an important staging area for migrating Cygnus columbianus and Grus grus.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Soomaa. Downloaded from on 28/01/2023.